Lining up against domestic violence

Former New York Yankees’ manager Joe Torre has put together a great lineup for his annual celebrity golf and tennis classic at Sleepy Hollow Country Club. Former Yankee stars David Cone, Bucky Dent, Tino Martinez and Willie Randolph, along with tennis commentator Jim Courier and former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, will tee off at 10:30 a.m. July 17 at the club, located in Scarborough.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation, founded

in 2002 to ensure that all children have an opportunity to grow up in a safe and abuse-free environment. Its goal is to raise awareness and educate in order to end the cycle of domestic violence and save lives.  The Foundation was created by Joe Torre and his wife, Ali. Torre suffered silently as a child growing up in a violent home.

With support as an adult, he was able to come to terms with the harmful effects that domestic abuse had on his family.

The event will support the foundation’s programming initiative, Margaret’s Place, named in honor of Joe’s mother. This violence prevention and intervention model offers students an opportunity to explore issues of violence in a stable, nonthreatening environment, while helping them understand that they are not alone or to blame. There are currently a dozen Margaret’s Places in New York City and Los Angeles, where they have reached more than 45,000 students through countless school-wide campaigns, healing activities, educational opportunities and private and group counseling.

For more, visit joetorre.org. And for WAG’s take on Safe at Home, click on to http://www.wagmag.com/shelter-from-domestic-storms/. – Georgette Gouveia

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